Brassia actinophylla is a large, exotic shrub that is native to tropical rainforests, and it has exceptional beauty. Brassia actinophylla is unique as both a specimen and a potted houseplant. With proper care, it can add a magnificent decorative accent to any room.
The Brassia actinophylla, sometimes known as the umbrella plant or tree, is recognized for its long and glossy oval green leaves that dangle from a central stalk, creating an umbrella shape. Brassia actinophylla plants grow rapidly, potentially reaching three feet of growth annually.
The Brassia actinophylla plant is considered mildly toxic to humans and can be more dangerous for pets.
Brassia actinophylla plant care
It's best to propagate Brassia actinophylla in the spring. Cuttings can be used for propagation.
- Cut a six-inch long stem angle with sharp pruners and leave only four or five leaves on the top.
- Dip the cut end of the plant in rooting hormone and then put it into a pot with soil.
- Put a plastic bag over the pot securely, but not too tightly, so the humidity remains trapped inside. Keep the pot in a bright, indirect light area.
- Make sure to check the container every day and add water when necessary to keep the soil moist.
- After visible growth, you can take off the plastic bag and nurture the new plant.
Brassia actinophylla enjoys bright, indirect lighting. If your plant looks weak or leggy, it might not be getting enough light. Do not expose a Brassia actinophylla plant to direct sunlight, as the intense rays can scorch its leaves.
For good growth, it's best to have sandy loam soil with a slightly acidic pH that drains well. Do not plant these plants where the soil remains overly wet and soggy.
Provide plenty of water to your plants during the growing season, and spray the leaves often. Allow the soil to dry out completely, and then thoroughly water it. Reduce your watering during winter months. Too much water can be fatal for a Brassia actinophylla plant. If you see yellow and wilted leaves, it could be an indication that you are over-watering.
Pruning your Brassia actinophylla might be necessary if it isn't receiving enough sunlight. First, prune away any excessive growth or limp-looking stems. If you prune the plant, it will quickly rebound. The plant will be lush and full after pruning.
Common Pests & Diseases
Both bacterial leaf spots and fungal leaf spots affect Brassia actinophylla. These diseases can easily be remedied by avoiding overhead watering, not watering in the evening, and, if these watering practices don't work, applying a copper fungicide.
Brassia actinophylla plant is infested by several pests, like mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects.
Dr. Vandana K.